At least 12 people have died in the massive snowstorm that is making its way up the East Coast.
According to The Associated Press, several of those people died in North Carolina, where officials have reported more than 900 vehicle crashes.
Today, a Maryland man died from a heart attack while shoveling snow.
Meanwhile, Kentucky officials say that a state transportation worker died today while plowing snow. According to a statement released by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, Christopher Adams called for help around 5:50 a.m. on Friday, saying his plow had slid into a ditch. When help arrived, the 44-year-old was found to be unresponsive. He had been working since midnight.
In New York, sources say at least three people have died because of the storm.
Meanwhile, a motorist stuck in the snow on Friday shot and killed a man who was trying to help him. According to a local sheriff’s account of the incident, which occurred in North Carolina, the shooter’s car slid off an icy road and two or three men driving by decided to stop and help. The snow-bound man, however, became belligerent. “They thought he was drunk and said ‘let’s just call the law and let them deal with it,’” the sheriff said. As the men walked back to their car, the man whose car was stuck pulled out an automatic pistol and began shooting. One of the good Samaritans fell to the ground and the shooter walked up to him and shot the man on the ground “numerous times.” The suspect has been arrested on murder charges.
Thousands of flights have been canceled as the winter storm dubbed “Jonas” prompted blizzard warnings for most major metropolitan areas in the mid-Atlantic region. Read more.